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C Rulon: Roman Catholic Church and Emergency Contraception‏

Every year in the U.S. over three million unin­tended preg­nancies occur. About 1.3 million end in abor­tions. But with emergency contraceptive pills (EC) taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex the number of un­intended pregnan­cies might actually be cut in half. Thus, the wide­spread easy availability of EC could consti­tute one of the most important advances in birth control in the last 40 years. Yet, there remains strong religious opposition to EC, mostly from the Roman Catholic Church.